Kate Garraway’s moving documentary Finding Derek is back in the news thanks to its prominence at this year’s National Television Awards.
The film was shortlisted for new category authored documentary.
The one-hour special, which aired on ITV in March this year, follows her husband Derek Draper’s battle with COVID-19.
Derek had been in hospital since March last year after contracting the virus, which ravaged his body.
The programme, widely praised by viewers and critics, saw Kate juggle work, her home and the couple’s children as she came to terms with Derek’s illness, uncertainty about his survival, and preparations for him coming home.
Where to watch Finding Derek
If you missed it first time around or would like to watch it again, Finding Derek is available on ITVHub.
Here are the 10 most emotional moments from the film.
1. Derek says he can’t cope
Speaking on FaceTime with Kate, Derek said: “I’ve got to the point where I just think, [bleep] it. [Bleep] it.”
Kate asked, “As in die?” to which Derek said yes as Kate told him: “No, no.”
Derek admitted: “I don’t know how to cope, I don’t know how to cope.”
2. Kate promises to ‘save’ Derek
Meanwhile, following Derek’s emotional comments, Kate promised her husband she would “save” him during the emotional FaceTime call.
Kate told him: “I know you feel like you’re trapped in your head and it’s terrifying.
“But you’re coming home, you’re coming back to your life. And you will be the person better than you were before. You will be. And I will find a way to make it better OK?”
She added: “I promised you that I would save you and I’m gonna save you.”
3. Couple’s kids reveal fears over dad’s health
Kate and Derek’s children, Darcey and Billy, also spoke about their dad’s health.
Darcey told the camera: “We’ve heard rumours that he’ll get better before next year but we really don’t know.”
When asked if she thinks he’ll be back for Christmas 2020, Darcey said: “I hope so. But it might be hard because he might still be hooked up to things to help him survive…
“It’s not scary in the way that it looks scary, but it’s scary to think that we might lose him.”
Meanwhile, Billy added: “Dad usually does LEGO with me the most, but since dad’s not here I’ve been doing it on myself…
“I really want him back but we don’t know if he’s going to get better or not.”
4. Kate admits she and Derek might have to fall in love again
In another moment, Kate spoke about the possibility of having to fall in love with Derek again if he’s “not her Derek” once he is out of hospital.
Kate said: “Well, he is still Derek, he is still him… he is still that person that you love but he will behave differently and will be physically different.
“Will I be okay? I wont be delighted because I wouldn’t wish that on him, it will be very tough on us both, but he is for better or worse…”
She added: “It may be a rather beautiful thing, I’m trying to look at it as a rather beautiful thing.
“I feel as though we might have to fall in love again, find out who each other are now a little bit.”
‘Derek, I miss you!’
Follow Kate Garraway’s emotional journey as her husband Derek recovers from the effects of Covid in a new documentary.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 18, 2021
5. “Derek I miss you”
One moment which broke viewers’ hearts was when Kate shouted “Derek I miss you” as she picked up a photo frame from a pile.
6. Derek’s first sign of emotion
Kate became emotional as Derek showed his first sign of emotion in the documentary.
On Derek’s 219th day in hospital, Kate sat on her bed with her phone in her hand as she showed a video of Derek showing emotion.
She explained: “Right, I’m going to find the first day he showed emotion, which is a big breakthrough.”
The video showed Derek in his hospital bed as Kate told him he was “amazing”.
He then broke down in tears as an emotional Kate said she was “so proud” of her husband.
Watching the footage, Kate became tearful as she said: “So that’s the first time he showed emotion.”
7. Kate calls her husband her “beautiful boy” in the documentary
One heartwarming moment saw Kate call Derek her “beautiful boy”.
During another FaceTime call, the star showed Derek their children performing the infamous lift from Dirty Dancing.
As the pair did the lift, Kate asked her husband: “Do you want to watch them being ridiculous? It’s their Dirty Dancing lift.”
She then added: “I love you darling. Beautiful boy.”
8. Derek laughs with son Billy
During another part, Derek shared a smile with his son Billy as he made Star Wars Lego.
Billy was sweetly telling his dad what he was making via FaceTime.
9. “We’ve got him back”
Another moment showed Kate speaking to Derek after he woke from his coma last year.
Kate exclaimed: “We’ve got him back, we’ve got him back, he’s back. We’ve been waiting a long time to speak to you.
“I’m so proud of you, you’re just so brilliant. Every day we’re getting closer to coming home and being with the kids.”
10. Derek’s touching message
At the end of the documentary, Derek delivered an emotional message to Kate.
He told her: “I love you forever and a day.”
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